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iTunes 11 release date within days

We have some good news for those of you who have been waiting patiently for the highly anticipated release of iTunes 11, which will come with a brand new interface overhaul among other new features. Apple has unsurprisingly been very quiet on the status of their delayed software, but some new information released this week suggests that the new version could release within days.

It was back in October that we gave you the latest status update on the iTunes 11 release date, with Apple having to delay the release of the software in order to fine tune some features and make it a better product when it is finally ready for the public. Although not one to make public statements unless absolutely essential, Apple has stealthily been putting the final touches on iTunes 11 and has already sent out word to music labels to prepare for the release.

One German music distribution service has apparently spilled the beans a few days early, as Apple has told them to start informing artists to prepare promotional materials ready for usage on iTunes 11. In an email screenshot provided by MacRumors, Apple is asking artists to submit 1200 pixel images to be used in the iTunes 11 gallery, to which normal users will be able to browse through when selecting music to purchase.

Considering that Apple sent out word last month that iTunes 11 would be ready by the end of November, we expect these details are accurate and a clear sign that iTunes 11 will be up for download by the end of the month. The new software has apparently been stripped down to make it much easier for users to navigate around, with a new slick interface making that transition much smoother.

Are you excited about being able to use iCloud features within iTunes 11, or have you already settled for a rival music database on your computer? We’ll let you know when the download goes live, but it is looking very promising at this point.

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